Portales athletes do double duty

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By Kevin Wilson Saturday afternoon saw Austin Pullen and Tyler Johnson on the football field, battling Clovis and Bovina, Texas, in 7-on-7 action. Sunday evening saw the pair on the basketball court, battling teams from across New Mexico and Texas in 5-on-5 action. A few months from now, they’ll be doing the same thing, except […]

Portales girls to face Clovis for league title

By Eric Butler FARWELL — With a full complement of players — primarily its varsity squad for next year — Portales took advantage of a depleted Muleshoe team to move into the finals of the West Texas/New Mexico Phenoms Summer League. The Rams won 52-42 in the second of two semifinal games at Farwell High […]

Business man pleads entrapment on tobacco sting operation

Darrell Todd Maurina After a quarter-century of doing business in Clovis, Warren Nuckols Jr. said he has years of experience dealing with shoplifters. According to him, his Quick Stop business on the corner of 13th and Thornton loses $6,000 to $8,000 every year due to shoplifting and burglaries. So when he saw a man in […]

Pioneer Profiles

Maurine Ferris Kennedy When 93-year-old Maureen Ferris Kennedy and her first husband, Fred Ferris, moved to Roosevelt County in 1936, she was very much against the move. “I didn’t want to come at all,” she said. But her mind quickly changed when they attended church. “My husband and I sang at the church and they […]

Summer league helps Rams work on skills

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — James Mendoza figured if hundreds of Texas teams and a few New Mexico state champions were doing 7-on-7 football, he could get a few local teams to follow suit. An idea turned into a series of phone calls, and through months of planning, Mendoza and six high schools have formed […]

American Yankees upset Roosevelt Diamondbacks in last at-bat

By Eric Butler With more changes of direction than a game of Twister, the American Yankees of Clovis finally won the Tri-County Tournament championship game with a thrilling 15-14 victory over the Roosevelt County Diamondbacks. Trailing 14-12, heading into the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday night, the Yankees made the most of their last […]

ENMU fourth in preseason football poll

Freedom Newspapers Traditional football power Texas A&M-Kingsville is expected to continue its dominance of the Lone Star Conference this fall as the Javelinas have been picked to win the league’s South Division, according to the annual preseason poll that was announced Friday morning by conference officials. TAMUK, which has shared the past two South Division […]

CAFB honors POWs

Darell Todd Maurina With a black flag in the background commemorating prisoners of war and those missing in action, four somber airmen in camouflage uniforms walked slowly across the stage. Just moments before, 27th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Robert Yates had drawn loud applause by reminding those in attendance at Saturday’s Cannon homecoming celebration the […]

Youngsters honor troops with humor

Gary Mitchell Although they made their public debut Saturday, the members of the Clovis Patriotic Kids’ Choir say a kazoo-playing career is not likely in their future. The six-member song-and-dance troupe opened the “Salute to Our Troops: A Homecoming Celebration” festivities with kazoo number with “Sir Duffy” Moon of KSMX Radio. “They pretty much handed […]

Residents welcome home troops

Janet Bresenham Even the weather cooperated Saturday afternoon, joining the warmth of the homecoming welcome from residents of Clovis and Portales for military troops from Cannon Air Force Base and other branches of the armed services. The day’s celebration began with a military parade along Main Street, with about 1,000 men and women from Cannon […]

Heritage Days to celebrate a century

Kevin Wilson More than three months of planning and 100 years of history will come full circle this weekend when Roosevelt County celebrates Heritage Days. “Heritage Days is a time where a community can come together and celebrate our history, our present and look towards the future,” said Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega. Ortega said the […]

Arnold dismisses charges on police

MIke Linn A long, drawn-out feud took a major step toward resolution on Friday when Municipal Judge Fred Arnold dismissed contempt of court charges he filed against two Portales police officers. The dismissal came just hours before Arnold was scheduled to appear in court to defend one of three charges he filed against police officers […]

Summer solstice has a deeper meaning

Jim Lee Saturday was the first day of summer and the summer solstice. We’ve been having summer weather for at least a month, so I don’t know why summer is supposedly just starting up. We got more hours of daylight than any other day of the year, but I don’t understand why I need the […]

Burma Shave signs — a blast from the past

Bob Huber When I was in my mid-youth crisis, Burma Shave signs on America’s roads were as common and comfortable as old shoes. Whenever a new one cropped up, we repeated its rhyming couplets over and over from bar stools to pulpits. For you younguns, Burma Shave signs were little poems obligingly spaced line by […]

Public Record June 22

Here are dispositions of court cases recorded recently in Magistrate Court: •Benjamin Pacheco, 39, guilty of aggravated driving while intoxicated (first); and no insurance and driver’s license. He will serve two days in jail and 90 days of supervised probation. •Christy Martinez, 27, guilty of issuance of worthless checks and is ordered to pay restitution […]

ENMU hits goal in attracting new students

Jack King The Eastern New Mexico University President Steven G. Gamble told the university’s Board of Regents on Saturday he is confident that for the first time since 1988, ENMU’s enrollment of full-time freshmen this fall will exceed 600. Gamble spoke at the regents’ regular meeting in Portales. He added the university’s goal this year […]

Obits June 22

Mary Hallford, 96 Mary Hallford, 96, of Portales, died Friday, June 21, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on July 7, 1906, in Hall County, Texas, to Ollie and Alexander Cooper. She was the oldest of her family. She lived her early life in the area where she was born. […]

Personalities Plus — Olga Hill

By Loretta Kos Name: Olga Hill Age: 84 Hometown: Teague, Texas Family: Husband, Harvey; a son, Lowery Hill; and three daughters, Maxine Anderson, Wanda Stephenson and Mona Roberts What’s your idea of a perfect day? “A nice cool day and visiting with your family.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “Shock and worried […]

Mechanic a man of great compassion

By Angela Peacock Watching TV and sharing ice cream with his best friend, a Boston terrier named Sassee, is how John Bogey enjoyed spending his evenings, family members said. A caring and helpful man was how Oleta Bogey described her husband of 27 years. Oleta said besides his time with Sassee, John, who worked at […]

Armitage trying to go out with style

By Kevin Wilson Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a four-part series on Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Rodeoers previously featured were Lynde Orcutt (Tuesday), Brittany Bennett (Wednesday) and Jaci Sant (Thursday). Kenna Armitage already has her immediate rodeo future sewn up. By the […]